U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) have co-authored a bi-partisan letter to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urging him to crack down on the smuggling of arms through Egypt destined for Gaza. A number of Senators have signed the letter including Georgia’s other Senator, Saxby Chambliss.
From the Presser sent by the US Senate Press Office:
“Given Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, there’s only one way to get weapons into Gaza, and that is through Egypt,” the Senators wrote. “In order for the ceasefire to hold, it is imperative that your government bolster its efforts to halt all weapons smuggling taking place via both overland and underground routes.”
Morsi was instrumental in brokering the cease-fire that ended the eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last month. Recently, there have been statements from Hamas and Iranian leaders acknowledging that Gaza is being supplied with weapons from Iran, including long-range Fajr-5 missiles.
“In the interest of peace and security, Egypt should take immediate and decisive action to halt such smuggling,” the Senators continued in the letter. “This is all the more important in light of the potential easing of restrictions on the movement of people and goods through Gaza border crossings as a condition of the ceasefire you helped to broker. Preventing Hamas from re-arming is just one step in helping to prevent violence from erupting again.”
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